Objectively, things are pretty awful. The industrial age has indeed been everything that Kaczynski described:
“The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life expectancy of those of us who live in ‘advanced’ countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering even in ‘advanced’ countries.”
I do get that some people might like the current state of things. Calhoun’s rats probably felt the same way. This will not go on indefinitely. We are coming to the End. If not the End, at last an End. I have thought long and hard about what form this salvation might take.
This End may come about as a result of God blessing us with a Carrington-type solar event. Such a solar storm, as the one which took place in 1859, would provide the best chance I can think of for the glorious overthrow of the electrical grid, and thus, the degenerative industrial system. As a result of such an event, we could very well see the release of humankind from its bondage. And it would be incredibly efficient. Practically EVERYTHING upon which the vile curse of modernism depends is, more than anything else, kept alive by the electrical grid. When that grid fries out due to a sufficiently powerful solar storm (such as the Carrington Event) ALL people will be immediately thrust into a survival situation. Between the desperate search for potable water and food and the intense and wholly absorbing short-term cares taken for the safety of one’s self and family, there will be no time or energy left for recovering something so trivial as electricity.
It is important to note that at earlier stages of technological advancement, even as recently as 25 years ago, a Carrington II would not be likely to cause such a total overthrow. The world was not as dependent on technology then. Sure, it would have been challenging, but ultimately, people could have probably coped well enough with a global power outage. But nowadays — not a chance. Practically everything is computerized. We will be forced by such blessed circumstances to return to a way of life we have not had for millennia — a return of the stone age!
Please, PLEASE, oh God, bring this soon in our days. Please, in Your fathomless mercy, bring the lethal axe-blow to the freak franken-world we have created!
Yes, of course, there will be some pain and mayhem in all of this, and, despite my fervent hope for a Carrington II, I am truly not the kind of person who delights in calamities. But, it has to happen. And clearly, it is incomparably better that there should be some measure of unavoidable suffering experienced along the way to redemption, than that there should be an indefinite continuation of the sufferings we are all too familiar with and which have no redemptive value, being nothing more than the steep price of super-decadence.
Of course, we don’t really know how this ends. The Carrington II scenario is simply my best guess, formed from years of of contemplation about what humankind truly needs for a dignified and wholesome existence and believing that God’s love for human beings will compel Him to intervene in some mighty way so as to restore for us the conditions necessary for a life of normal moral agency. Thus, this is all far more intuitive than deductive. But, it’s worth noting that one of the great liabilities of Modern thought is the insistence on deductive reasoning and the disavowal of intuition.
Noah, of course, was a man of rare intuition. In fact, many of the Noah myths from around the world show Noah as, not a man directed by open prophecy, but directed by intuition. In deed, without a rich intuitive quality, no man can be a friend and caretaker of so many kinds of animals. One of our first tasks, therefore, is to nurture and develop our own capacity for intuition. That is really something that should be printed in bold, underlined, all-capital letters:
ITEM 1: RESTORE OUR INTUITIVE FACULTY. We are already in a world that is artificial and ugly — spiritually ugly — hideously un-living and un-human. We are surrounded by concrete, plastic, screens, cubicles, traffic, noise, and proto-AI. Thanks to advanced technology, we are swaddled in a nearly air-tight buffer that shields us from normal dangers, other people, animals, bacteria, and death. We have thus suffered a drastic loss of knowing our selves and knowing others and being able to commune with others in a genuine human-human, human-animal, human-environment, human-spirit way. Again, our fundamental task should be finding our human/intuitive selves. If this is not achieved, everything else is completely out of reach. You cannot even begin to do this without making concrete and significant changes to your daily life. For one, it is absolutely imperative that you (and hopefully your family) regularly unplug from the borg. At the very least, you need a weekly sabbath away from electrical devices. You need a good chunk of quiet time every day, as well. You need to pray regularly. If you don’t have the grace of prayer, ask God for it. He will grant it. Be still, be quiet, be persistent, and you will obtain it. You need to know yourself. You need to recognize your own feelings, your own gut. (At least some of the obesity problem comes from people not even recognizing when they are sated with food!) We have become so machine-ified. We have to become human again. Besides a regularly abstinence from electrical gadgets, a person should endeavor to avoid concrete, plastic, cubicles, traffic, noise, and proto-AI, as much as he is able. This will go a long, long way.
ITEM 2: Move. The other lesson you get from Noah is that he and his family understood what things they truly needed, what things they could do without, and they got in a boat and sailed away to a world that was formed to God’s liking. We need to do this as well. When I wrote about my trip to Poland, it was with the intention of setting the stage for this. A mature and whole person, using both deductive and intuitive reasoning, should ponder very carefully what is the “ark” for their family. There is no perfect place. There is no option where you only give up bads in exchange for goods. There is no universal ark or universal solution, as everybody has matters for consideration that are unique to some degree. On thing, for sure, is that if you are living somewhere mostly because of the money, you are in great danger. Lot and his family lived in Sodom only because of the money, and you can see what it got them.
A good question to ask: of all my options regarding where to live, which is the best place vis-à-vis a great upheaval such as a Carrington II? Even if you don’t see a Carrington II in your lifetime, is there a clearly better place for you and your family to live and build the kind of legacy that is needed in our ongoing confrontation with rapid and massive societal change? You may be tremendously undermining the spiritual success of you and your descendants simply by living where you live. And I caution you against assuming that owning any old piece of property in a rural area is sufficient. There’s a lot more to it than this. For one, in just my lifetime I have witnessed a number of my favorite very rural areas in the USA suffer a huge loss of their community character as the populations have been massively drained (usually for economic reasons) and replaced with people (usually rich retirees) from who-knows-where. The change is undeniable and sad. A number of these prime rural areas are now almost as rootless and cosmopolitan as our large cities. Compared to former times, people are suspicious and unhelpful whereas there used to be a generous and cohesive community spirit.
Here are some good questions to ask yourself when deciding a place to relocate to:
1. Does a good chunk of the population still engage in more traditional types of farming, or is it like a lot of the USA, with just a tiny fraction of the population farming; and that on huge-acreage industrial-type farms?
2. Does a good chunk of the population still engage in other traditional hunting and gathering and rural-craft besides farming?
3. Are people there generally religious? Is there still a strong CULTure? Does the local population have a track record of successfully resisting at least the most noxious assaults of modernism? For instance, would it be perfectly normal there to express opposition to homosexualism or feminism? Do people generally regard a lot of the wizardry of the modern West with suspicion?
4. Would you have a place in the community? Owing to what a huge factor family and community is, I believe it is generally better to prioritize it higher up than other important considerations. For example, if you have family or very close friends in, say, rural Missouri, I would say living there is preferable to living in Alaska, even though Alaska is much more rural. If the power goes out, would you have a decent community or Mad Max?
5. I am happy to say that a large portion of my readers understand what a powerful benefit is realized when people appreciate and cherish the racial/ethnic component of their identity. Are you living somewhere where that aspect of who you are is undermined or nullified? What about the place to which you might relocate? I do find this to be a very important consideration. I hope to write on more on the mental-health benefits of positive racism and nationalism in the near future. For now, suffice it to say, that I think a prospective place that does really well as far as most of our considerations go but does not do well in this one is a real danger. Personally, I’ve long felt a peculiar fascination with Mongolia: cold climate, very rural and traditional, people herding cattle and hunting with golden eagles. Seems pretty awesome to me. Nonetheless, even if I were welcomed into their community, it would come at the price of jettisoning all of my ancestors and thus a good deal of the traits that make me who I am.
This is not an exhaustive list. I welcome your suggestions. I’m simply trying to get us to think seriously about this.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24)